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Comment You really do not know who the beds are for? (Score 2) 48

Also one or two full-size beds will be included inside the vehicle's enormous cab.- For who?

Have you really no clue about what trucking does or how it works?

Yes trucks will be self-driving in the future. But the truck driver is not just a driver, he is also a GUARD. Do you really not understand what a fantastic target fully automated trucks would be, when they would obviously be programmed to stop for any blockage in the road?

As for the gas angle, natural gas is OK but has nothing on Hydrogen, which will be the mass replacement for the gasoline engine.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 277

I think this Friedman quote still has relevance though:

Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it's jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.

Does it really serve a purpose if you make it harder than it needs to be? And self-driving cars will be a benefit to everyone else. I can go down to the store and get a liter of milk for next to nothing because of milking robots and other automation, if I had to pay a living wage for someone to pull a cow's teats it would cost a *lot* more. All those stores who transport goods will get cheaper. The money people don't pay on taxis will be spent on other things. Everyone can spend their commute watching TV instead of wasting home time. It'll be more practical to live further from the office. Elderly might get around more and live more fulfilling lives. Large groups of people would have the benefits of a private driver, previously a rare luxury. In ways perhaps even better, since you get total discretion and it's always at your whim 24x7.

Assuming you can still find a job, of course. But we've been pretty inventive about creating new needs and services once we could afford to. The burger flipper might be on the way out, I doubt the chef is. A robot vacuum cleaner isn't scrubbing the bathroom or dusting the furniture. The electric lawn mower doesn't do flower beds or trimming the hedge. The washing machine doesn't pair my socks or iron my shirts. Of course you might say that one day we'll have a "I, Robot" assistant that'll do absolutely everything a human does cheaper and better but that's not in 10 or 50 years. Neither is self-repairing, self-replicating and self-evolving robots that work almost by themselves.

Real wages in the US has been flat for quite some time now, but at the same time you've had a massive influx of cheap labor on the global market depressing wages. You don't get a zillion Chinese or Indian employees working for a pittance anymore, when you look at the whole world workers are getting better paid. If it keeps going up, sooner or later it will return to growth in the US too because US wages are normal wages and not super expensive wages anymore. There is no magic that makes Americans stay far ahead of the pack forever, even though that how it's been in the past with the old world destrroying itself with world wars and an illiterate, primitive third world. There are smart people other places too, when they get the opportunity.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1028

the government investigates marriage claims for immigration purposes. Even overseas ones, making a federal-state issue moot.

Not quite. The fact that it has to take it case-by-case basis already makes it the rule of men rather than a rule of law. The federal government has to address the issue of what is and what is a marriage in immigration cases. Which makes it the federal government's domain to define what can or cannot be considered a marriage. An opinion that it should be done without a law in-place is a pro-anarchy view.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1028

Disestablishment was meant to keep the state from compelling religion on people, not the other way around, and the state maintains its forms of compulsion. Thats why jury duty can still be compelled. Military conscription.

I was under impression that Quakers were exempt from military conscription.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1028

Only in the sense that you are choosing to be engaged in business where you will be expected to follow the state's laws, rather than rise in revolution, or stop baking cakes. Or even just stop baking custom cakes.

No, not only. It's the subtle difference between putting your creative energies into bettering the occasion rather than enabling the occasion. Having had this discussion has allowed me to actually think my position through a bit more and I actually now think that the court's decision is squarely at odds with disestablishment clause. But the civil rights are guaranteed through bills and, to the best of my knowledge, have not been tested as to whether they take precedence over the right of religious expression. This isn't about the right to reasonable accomodation, mind you. Not having that one bakery be the one which bakes the cake does not prevent the marriage from taking place. It's about the right to a special accommodation.

Comment few consider another possibility (Score 1) 486

What if the underground economy is actually burgeoning? We've long equated (or nearly equated) unlawful behavior with unethical behavior, but in most countries around the world where business is heavily regulated, such notions don't exist. Sure there is a strong propaganda to maintain such belief, but what if it's actually crumbling? What if the underground economy is not just selling drugs, gambling, prostitution anymore? What's if it's now manufacturing? Even if we were to discount the driving of business underground due to regulation, there is also a pressure for regular businesses to go underground to avoid litigation risks (which are, by far, the single most damaging risks any business can suffer)?

Comment how to lie with statistics (Score 1) 486

Unemployment is at lowest since 2007 (mention the number). Labor force participation decreased to 62.7 (mention a different number). Labor force participation is lowest in 40 years (don't mention this number because it makes the unemployment rate meaningless). That's labor force participation percentage -- not absolute number. So you it's not effected by retirements due to aging population. It's the number of people of working age not looking for work and not attending school or job training.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1028

And churches have already had to deal with issues like childcare, rummage sales, and even leasing out their parking lots. Not to mention their public spaces. Only allow members of your church to get married? Ok. Start letting non-members do it, uh-oh. Start charging money for it? Oh-my.

Yes, and not allowing any degree of selectivity forces them to lose their counseling capacity. As I am sure you know, "it's fun to stay at the YMCA" doesn't refer to it being a place to marvel in gospel.

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1028

This is like all the people who claimed that marriage was somehow belonging to religion

Side note, but no, I don't think that can be the case. I don't even think marriage can be decided on state-by-state basis. So there should be a federal statute on age limits, too. Not because it's the right or wrong, but because immigration is clearly within the domain of the federal government and immigration is inseparably entangled with marriage. Israel tried to put marriage in the religion-only domain (and has no civil marriage) and the only result is that any couple which doesn't pass a muster of one of the religions' norms for marriage has to marry outside the country. So not having a fully federally-regulated marriage is actually quite cumbersome on our system as well.

Comment Apple maps searches still better (Score 1) 44

Searching for locations works the majority of the time. But it's still not uncommon to get results randomly across the country

That happens sometimes but it also happens in Google Maps.

Apple maps is still better for searching though. Try a search for "Arby's" - Apple maps zooms out to a view at city scale with the map taking up 3/4 of the screen, he two closest results in text at the bottom. Google maps zooms out to city scale too, but in a map that takes up the top 1/5 of the screen, basically unreadable - then has a list of arbors with distances and addresses, but you can't really tell which ones are nearby or which directions the ones on the list are unless you are familiar with the app...

Apple Maps traffic in Denver seems every bit as good as Google maps. Both are inferior to Waze though, which is pretty amusing since Waze is owned by Google...

I've never had an issue with Apple Maps giving me bad directions, across most the the US. (I've driven coast to coast).

Comment Re: Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 1) 1028

And I'm not convinced that baking and preparing a cake or weaving flowers indicates endorsement. Sanctification of the ceremony? Ok, that is. Cake? Flowers? No.

There in lies the rub. This is really the reason why you reject the argument. Providing custom service requires a degree (however little it may be) of creativity. The vendor, at the time of performing the creative work, has to put their mind into how to better that one specific occasion. And that amounts to a tacit endorsement of the occasion. If such endorsement goes against their religious beliefs, then the court is forcing them to put their creative efforts into something which, in their mind, goes against the behavior prescribed by a higher power. They are literally being asked to chose between law and [Gg]od. And that's precisely the type of situation which the disestablishment was meant to address.

Comment Apps on Non-Adroid OS (Score 1) 124

has anyone actually demonstrated this is feasible,

As mentionned above, Myriad's Alien-Dalvik has and is the official commercial solution powering the Jolla Phone in my pocket (and what I use with countless android apps).
I think I remember that this was also the official solution use by BlackBerry back when they offered Android Apps support on their (non-android) OS.
This was also a solution considered for HP/Palm's webOS... but the whole platform went belly up before commercial deployment.

SFDroid is another solution for SailfishOS, but opensource and thus used successfully by the community ports (e.g.: on Fairphone 2). I haven't tested this one.

Shashlik is yet another one, but I don't know how far they've reached.

WSL is what microsoft tried, but unlike the above, they weren't successful (and recycled it into the form that we now know of).

is it legally possible (would Google lock out such an OS)?

Technically possible :
- yes, I'm doing it, and countless of other sailfish OS users.

Legally possible :
- murky. In theory Google requires a commercial license between them and the phone constructor, in order to allow them to use the full commercial "Google Play" experience (as opposed to simply using the opensource android).

e.g.: As Jolla has never secured such a license (and the fact that it runs on a completely different OS might probably contradict the usual terms about the "google experience") the Alien-Dalvik installation on Jolla phones doesn't come with Google Play, but with Aptoid (and optionnally Yandex).
By default they activate a couple of repositories containing a few apps that have been curated and known to work good on the phones.

In practice:
- Google has never done anything against end-user sideloading Googe Play Store into their phones (be it Cyanogen-modded, running Alien-Dalvik, etc.)
And you could understand clearly why :
- They DO have interest going against crappy no-name chinese clone-makers, because it might degrade the perception of their Google Play brand.
- They HAVE NO interest going against en users. On the contrary: As this is end-user installed, Google don't need to go at great length to insure support (I might have found 1 or 2 applications that don't work on my phone). And as it is an *apps store*, google can earn tons of users who are happy to install paid content on their phone (There's at least a couple of games that I've paid).
So google has very strong monetary incentives to let users keep installing Google Play Store on unlicensed platforms.

Comment Sorry but Apple Maps has already surpassed Google (Score 2, Insightful) 44

They don't have the engineering talent to catch up to Google's lead on maps

Apple maps at the outset did not have as good base data as Google. But even then it gave better directions than Google did - it directed me to my house via the route I already drove already because I knew it was the bast (that's the best way to judge map apps, but asking for directions for places you already know well and seeing if you agree).

Nowadays Apple maps data is every bit as good as Google has, and I would say they repair errors found much faster than Google. The past five incidents I've reported (bad roads or wrong information about places) I received a notification that the errors had been corrected in a day or two.

Apple also has surpassed Google in transit directions, offering directions that include how to go through the station...

Google may have started a lot earlier but you are totally forgetting the funk and lethargy that large organizations fall into over time. Apple has a very different corporate structure that is letting the Apple Maps team advance much faster than Google has been improving...

Apple may not be ahead with Siri but I don't think they are that far behind either. What makes you think Google has engineering chops no-one else does? The massive successes of Google Plus or Hangouts?? They are both pretty much at the start of a very, very long race there and it is anyone's game...

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